Amavasya Shradh 2023: A Sacred Ritual for Ancestors
Amavasya Shradh, a significant ritual in Hindu tradition, is performed to honor and pay respects to deceased ancestors. This ritual holds immense importance, especially during the Pitru Paksha, also known as Mahalaya Paksha. Here’s a comprehensive guide to understanding the significance and timings of Amavasya Shradh in 2023.
Significance of Amavasya Shradh
Amavasya Shradh is specifically performed for those ancestors who departed on Amavasya Tithi, Purnima Tithi, or Chaturdashi Tithi. It’s a unique ritual because if someone is unable to perform Shradh on all Tithis, a single Shradh on this day is believed to appease all deceased souls in the family. This day is also referred to as Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya.
Furthermore, Mahalaya Shradh for those who passed away on Purnima Tithi is also conducted on Amavasya Shradh Tithi. Interestingly, even though Bhadrapada Purnima Shradh falls a day before Pitru Paksha, it isn’t considered a part of it. Pitru Paksha typically starts the day after Bhadrapada Purnima Shradh.
Amavasya Shradh 2023: Date and Timings
Amavasya Tithi Begins – 21:50 on Oct 13, 2023
Amavasya Tithi Ends – 23:24 on Oct 14, 2023
In West Bengal, Mahalaya Amavasya marks the beginning of the Navratri festivity. It’s a day of great spiritual significance as it’s believed that Goddess Durga descended to Earth on this day.
Pitru Paksha Shradhas are known as Parvan Shradhas, and the most auspicious time to perform them is during the Kutup Muhurat, Rohina Muhurat, and until the end of Aparahna Kala. At the conclusion of the Shradh, a ritual called Tarpan is performed.
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Amavasya Shradh is not just a ritual but a way to express gratitude and reverence to our ancestors. By understanding its significance and observing it with devotion, one can ensure the blessings and goodwill of the departed souls.